FAQs

What times can I visit the NFSA?

The NFSA is open:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends and public holidays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

From 1 September 2014
Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends and public holidays:
Open one hour before screenings or events, please see What’s On calendar for details.

Entry is free of charge

Our address is:
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton, Canberra.
Contact: 02 6248 2000

Note: admission fees are applicable to Arc cinema screenings.

Do you have an exhibition I can visit?

Yes – our permanent exhibition showcases 100 years of Australian film, television, radio and recorded sound. The interactive exhibition lets you explore items from the collection, create the sound effects for a radio serial, run a film projector and 3-9 year olds will have a ball in Pause and Play.

Where: South Gallery
When: During opening hours
Cost: Free

Find current temporary exhibition information here.

Check our What’s on page for updates on new exhibitions.

Do you take every film that you are offered?

No – new material is acquired under the guidance of the NFSA’s curatorial staff according to the NFSA’s published Collection Policy and Statement of Curatorial Values. See Collection offers for more information and to complete a Collection Offers Form.

What are the best storage conditions for my film and video at home?

You can find advice for caring for your film and video at home under Care for audiovisual materials on the Preservation page. To be sure of the best care of your audio item you may wish to seek specialist advice.

Can I borrow films for private screenings from the NFSA?

The NFSA offers a diverse range of film and video screening material, which is available for loan to cinemas, film festivals, film societies and educational, cultural and community organisations.

Access is through two catalogues: NFSA Search the Collection (Theatrical Loans) and the Non-Theatrical Loans Catalogue, which includes pre-licensed titles for non-theatrical and educational use. Borrowers are encouraged to search both catalogues.

How can I connect with NFSA on social media sites, like Facebook?

It’s easy – scroll down to the bottom of any page on our website to the grey footer. You’ll find icons for all the ways you can connect with the NFSA on social media sites. For example, clicking on the Facebook icon button will take you to the NFSA Facebook page. Click 'Like’ to follow the NFSA on Facebook and be part of the conversation!

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